http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/us/10enforce.htmlBREWSTER, Wash. — The Obama administration has replaced immigration raids at factories and farms with a quieter enforcement strategy: sending federal agents to scour companies’ records for illegal immigrant workers.
While the sweeps of the past commonly led to the deportation of such workers, the “silent raids,” as employers call the audits, usually result in the workers being fired, but in many cases they are not deported.
Over the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted audits of employee files at more than 2,900 companies. The agency has levied a record $3 million in civil fines so far this year on businesses that hired unauthorized immigrants, according to official figures. Thousands of those workers have been fired, immigrant groups estimate.
Also, deporting them is an absolute nightmare. First of all, you can't just send them all back to Mexico as alot of them aren't from Mexico, they could be from one of a dozen other countries SOUTH of Mexico. Even if you did find out where each and every single one of them came from, who's to say that these countries will accept them? Also, once you do figure out where they are from, and their countries take them, whats to stop them from crossing the border again, and by then the government has already spent millions and millions of our tax dollars to go in ONE BIG CIRCLE.
This is also why I think a lot of government officials simply don't want to tackle this issue. It has virtually no practical solutions, and plus whatever action you take you're bound to piss off one group of people and hurt your election results.